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April 18, 2016
Three men rescued from Pacific
island thanks to “help” sign
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say three men who had
been missing for three days were rescued from a deserted
Pacific island after a U.S. Navy plane spotted a gigantic
“help” spelled out with palm leaves.
U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Melissa McKenzie said
the men were reported missing by their families after they
failed to show up at the island of Weno.
McKenzie said the men were travelling in a skiff
between two Micronesian islands when they were
overtaken by a wave. They were all wearing life jackets
and were able to swim to the deserted island, she said.
Two hours after being located, the men were picked up
by a local small boat and taken to a hospital.
Man accused of pushing
wife’s hands into deep-fat fryer
OCEASIDE, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island man is accused
of pushing his wife’s hands into a boiling deep-fat fryer
during an argument at their Chinese restaurant. Nassau
County police said the couple’s two children, ages 12 and
14, were present during the incident in Oceanside.
Police reported that the couple was engaged in a verbal
argument when the defendant grabbed his wife by the
hair and pushed her toward the fryer. Authorities said the
39-year-old victim suffered second-degree burns to her
hands. Police arrested the 39-year-old defendant on
charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Authorities did not release the name of the restaurant.
11 accused of money laundering at
Korean brothel ring near New York City
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused
11 people of money laundering following an investigation
into a network of Korean brothels in the New York City
area. A criminal complaint showed the defendants
laundered more than $1.4 million in illegal revenue from
the businesses between 2011 and 2016.
Prosecutors said some of the brothels posed as
legitimate businesses and kept lists of customers who had
been vetted by other brothels and customers and would
only do business with them. Authorities said they were
independently owned but shared prostitutes and
The complaint said police found a computer file
containing more than 70,000 entries that appear to
describe the customers. Nearly a dozen businesses in
Manhattan were identified in the complaint as brothels.
It’s unclear if they have been closed.
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Japanese climber rescued from
Alaska peak amid avalanche risk
TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) — A helicopter recently
rescued an experienced Japanese climber from an Alaska
mountain where spring storms had created significant
Masatoshi Kuriaki, a 42-year-old climber from
Fukuoka, Japan, was rescued at the 8,600-foot level of
14,573-foot Mount Hunter, Denali National Park said in a
Kuriaki was uninjured, but transmitted a signal for
emergency help, the park said. He had two days of food
and three to four days of water left.
An Alaska Air National Guard helicopter was initially
unable to approach Mount Hunter because of bad
weather, and storms prevented further attempts until two
days later, the news release said.
As skies cleared, a high-altitude helicopter with two
Denali mountaineering rangers reached Kahiltna Glacier
at noon. They picked up Kuriaki from his camp on the
mountain’s West Ridge climbing route and transported
him in an external rescue basket to the glacier. From
there, they flew back to Talkeetna.
Kuriaki was on day 75 of a solo expedition that had been
planned for 65 days, according to the release.
Hideki Watanabe, director of a branch of the Japanese
Alpine Club in Fukuoka who knows Kuriaki, said he was
relieved the climber was safe, adding that he is not
surprised that Kuriaki ditched his attempt and he must
have had a reason, like weather or avalanche danger, to
make that choice.
“Mr. Kuriaki has his own theory about mountaineering
and safety, and he is extremely careful,” Watanabe told
The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “He never
pushes himself when he is not fully confident.”
Avalanche danger was high to extreme after a storm
cycle brought unusually warm and wet weather
conditions, Denali Park said.
The park described Kuriaki as very experienced in solo
winter expeditions in Denali Park. It said this was his
19th expedition in the Alaska Range, 17 of which were solo
winter climbs. He has attempted 20,310-foot Denali four
times in winter, including a successful solo ascent in 1998.
HIGH-ALTITUDE HELP. Masatoshi Kuriaki describes, at a
friend’s home in Peters Creek, Alaska, in this April 3, 2007 file photo, how
he looked at the clouds over the summit of Mount Foraker to determine if
the weather conditions were good for his final climb. Kuriaki, who became
the first solo winter climber to conquer the 17,400-foot mountain, was
rescued by helicopter this month at the 8,600-foot level of 14,573-foot
Mount Hunter in Alaska. Kuriaki was uninjured, but transmitted a signal for
emergency help, according to a news release from Denali National Park.
He still had two days of food and three to four days of water left with him.
(AP Photo/Michale Dinneen, File)
Kuriaki also made the first solo winter ascent of
17,400-foot Mount Foraker in 2007.
Obama’s power over immigration
drives Supreme Court dispute
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by-case reviews. The pro-
tection from deportation
also would be temporary,
for three years.
“It’s not permanent
status, not a green card,
not a path to citizenship. It
doesn’t get you a ticket into
a voting booth. At best, it’s
a tolerated presence,” said
Angela Maria Kelley, an
immigration expert at the
The programs also could
be revoked by the next
president, as the Republi-
promised. That might leave
people who have provided
the government with infor-
mation about themselves
in greater peril of being
acknowledged that some
people might not be willing
to raise their hands until
they know the outcome of
The Supreme Court case
might not even address the
issue of executive authority
if the justices determine
that Texas and the other
states don’t have the right
to challenge it in federal
court. Such a resolution,
support from both liberal
and conservative justices,
could enable the court to
sidestep the potentially
immigration and avoid a
4-4 tie following Justice
Antonin Scalia’s death in
A decision in favor of the
allow the programs to take
effect in the waning
presidency. A loss or even a
tie vote would block them
for the foreseeable future.
Garcia said she is eager
to apply for the relief
Obama offers if it’s made
Garcia said she volun-
teers in the local schools
teaching Spanish to chil-
dren, providing translation
for interactions between
parents and the schools,
and working on the school
district’s strategic plan-
ning effort. But she has had
to turn down offers of a
paying job with the school
Armed with the Social
Security number she so
desires, Garcia said, “I
would work starting right
A decision in U.S. v.
Texas, 15-674, is expected
by late June.
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